10/24/08

Teachers go on strike in Pennsylvania

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Union teaches kids a lesson in collective bargaining

More than 280 teachers in a western Pennsylvania school district are on strike after a late-night bargaining session failed to produce a new contract. Teachers in the South Butler County School District, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, have been working under a contract that expired June 20.

The district says salaries and health insurance are the major issues. Teachers have asked for almost a 6 percent raise, while the district is offering a little more than three percent. The average teacher's salary was $51,144 last school year. The district has about 2,900 students and includes Knoch (nawk) High School near Saxonburg.

(eveningsun.com)

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